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Viking River Cruises’ culinary tours: the flavors of Vienna

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

For this visit to Vienna we opted for Viking River Cruises’ “Best of Culinary Austria” excursion, tasting and learning to prepare regional specialties.

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The Grand European Tour: A Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016

European river cruises have surged in popularity with good reason. Everything is taken care of while passengers travel from destination to destination with ever-changing scenery and the comfort and convenience of a luxurious floating hotel.

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Through the Heart of Europe: the second time around

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Fourteen years ago we took our first Viking River Cruise to celebrate a special birthday. Our journey along the Danube, the Rhine, and the canal that connects them was one of our best trips ever, something so many of our fellow passengers said, as well. Would the Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam be as much fun the second time around?

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Top attractions in Austria: Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Daniel Swarovski was born in Bohemia to a family with a small glass cutting factory. He invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewelry stones and chose Wattens, then a village of 500 inhabitants, for his crystal jewelry production facility because it had a train connection and water resources.

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Maximilian I lives on in Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

The architecture and narrow streets of Innsbruck’s Old Town are reminiscent of fairy tales. The landmark “Goldenes Dachl”, the Golden Roof, is its hub, a symbol of Innsbruck, and a legacy of its political and cultural history.

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Grassmayr Bell Foundry and Museum, Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

The Grassmayr family has been casting bells since 1599 — for churches, cows, houses, clocks, horses, holidays and special occasions — that ring in over a hundred countries throughout the world.

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Top attractions in Austria: Ambras Castle, Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

Ambras Castle is high on a hill above the Innsbruck. This Renaissance castle built by Archduke Ferdinand II for the woman he secretly married, Philippine Welser…

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Innsbruck’s holiday villages

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

Whether stopping for a leisurely meal or for an extended vacation, picturesque holiday villages are well worth a visit. As in the Old Town, many homes and other buildings are decorated with religious imagery.

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Top attractions in Austria: Nordkettenbahnen, Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

From Innsbruck’s city center it takes just twenty minutes on the new Nordkettenbahnen to ascend 1000’ by funicular to Hungerburg.

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Innsbruck, Capital of the Alps, and its holiday villages

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

Innsbruck, with a name meaning “bridge over the Inn River”, is a city renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation.

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The Grand Hotel Europa, Innsbruck

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015

Innsbruck, Austria, renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation, gained international recognition as the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games and 2012 inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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Salzburg : the sounds of music

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015

Salzburg, or “salt castle,” gets its name and medieval prosperity from the gold and “white gold” mined here for over 3,000 years. A wooden barrel of salt was once worth as much as a house.

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The Imperial City: the grandeur of Vienna

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

Austria is one of the most prosperous countries in the European Union, and the quality of life in Vienna, its capital and largest city, consistently ranks #1 globally in the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. The Imperial City is also one of the most beautiful in the world…

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Viking River Cruise’s European Adventure

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014

Our European Adventure, as it was then named, cruised the Danube, Main Canal, and Rhine from Vienna to Amsterdam on the Viking Europe.

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